Federation Internationale de Football Association eyes big crowds, bigger profits at 2026 World Cup


North America's "United" bid secured the World Cup hosting rights after a vote by Federation Internationale de Football Association member nations today (June 13).

According to Canada Soccer, today's vote marks the first time three nations have been selected to co-host a FIFA World Cup and the first time the FIFA World Cup will be played in North America in 32 years.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the 68th FIFA Congress, just one day before the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Canada, Mexico and the United States each have a proven track record of staging successful FIFA football tournaments, with Mexico hosting the World Cup in 1970 and 1986 and the United States hosting the 1994 finals.

While the bid emphasised unity between the three host nations, it is undoubtedly US-led. Canada and Mexico would then host ten games each.

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BRAZIL are set to win this year's World Cup with Germany likely to be a close runner-up, according to artificial intelligence (AI) which has ran through simulations and predicted the victor of this year's tournament. Get in touch and tell us what you'd like to see. An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that Saudi Arabia have fired two coaches since qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

"But that aside, I think yesterday's decision by Fifa and the member associations and the process more importantly that has been followed will give the FA great comfort that making a bid for the 2030 World Cup is something that's definitely on the radar".

Willa Frej contributed reporting.